|Hoboken Zephyrs @ Detroit DeLoreans
|This series is a battle between the two divisional runners-up. Detroit comes in a pretty solid favorite with their 106 regular wins compared to Hoboken’s 90. Detroit will be leaning on the offensive prowess of Ripper Collins and Nap Lajoie while the Zephyrs rely heavily on their pitching staff led by Noodles Hahn and Red Faber.
|Game 1 proved to be a pitching duel between Jered Weaver and Hippo Vaughn. Hoboken scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd frames and Weaver made them hold up. Weaver started the scoring in the second with a clutch rbi single to left-center. Jeff Heath doubled the lead in the 3rd with a solo blast to deep right field, his second home run of the post-season. Ripper Collins hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th but Weaver’s beautiful 4-hitter would prevail.
Hoboken 2 Detroit 1
|Lefty Tyler was outdueling Hoboken ace, Noodles Hahn, taking a 2-1 lead into the 8th frame. The Zephyr offense woke up for three runs in the 8th led by a clutch two-run triple from Jim Bottomley. The Delorean offense was led by Nap Lajoie’s two doubles and Joe Cronin’s two-hit out of the leadoff spot. Hahn pitched just well enough to win with Bryan Harvey coming on for a six-out save, his second of the post-season. Hahn earned his first playoff win after taking two losses in Round 1 against West Michigan.
Hoboken 4 Detroit 3
|As the series shifted to Hoboken, the Zephyr fanbase hoped to see their beloved team earn a trip to the NLCS without the series going back to Detroit. Johnny Schmitz pitched brilliantly allowing only six Hoboken baserunners the entire game. Jeff Heath and Eddie Stanky provided early-inning rbi singles to give the Zephyrs a 2-0 lead after 3 innings. This proved to be all support Red Faber would need as he masterfully shut down Detroit in a four-hit shutout. Faber earned his third playoff victory staking Hoboken to a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Hoboken 2 Detroit 0
|The raucous Hoboken faithful saw their beloved first-round pick, Tom Seaver, take the mound for Game 4. There was great apprehension among Zephyrs fans that Seaver was pitching on too much rest. Their fears would soon be dispelled. Nap Lajoie gave the Deloreans a 1-0 lead in the third with an RBI double. Nap went 3 for 4 with two doubles as Detroit’s clear offensive star for the series. Stan Spence hit a two-run blast in the bottom of the frame to take away the short-lived Detroit lead. Curt Flood and Tom Seaver added solo bombs to secure a 4-1 victory for Seaver, his first post-season win. Seaver allowed just 6 hits and zero earned in the complete game.
Hoboken 4 Detroit 1
|The Hoboken team is built on pitching and the pitchers showed up for this series. They allowed just 5 runs and 21 hits over the four games.
|Hoboken Zephyrs @ Clockwork Heros
|Two of the best pitching teams in the league go at it. Clockwork had more depth but Hoboken has even higher grade A starters. Clockworks hitting is a little better but in a short series, depth doesn’t mean much.. Vegas says this one going 7 and it’s even money. Joel and I tried all day to connect on Zoom but could not match up. So I gave up and played traditional micros.
|Blyleven did not have it as Hoboken hit him for 4 runs in 4 plus innings as Collins Stanky and Heath came through. Hahn was great for Hoboken and shutdown the Heros to just 3 hits. 4-0 Hoboken
|Faber gives up 3 runs early Arky Vaughn and Terry drive in runs. With CY Young-winning Matheson on the mound, it’s over as he allows 5 singles and doubles in the 3-0 Clockwork win. On a nightmare note, Eddie Stanky gets hurt for 11 days so likely Stirweiss gets the call at 2B for Hoboken
|Jered Weaver was strong holding the Clockwork offense to just two earned runs in a complete-game victory. Weaver ran his playoff record to 3-0, 3.00era. Jim Bottomley led the Hoboken attack with 3 hits along with Jeff Heath and Stan Spence each chipping in two hits. George Foster was the Hero leader with two hits including a double and an RBI.
Hoboken 3 Clockwork 2
|The Clockwork offense was running on all cylinders in Game 4. Bill Terry started the scoring with a 3-run triple in the 1st frame. The game was tied at 4 heading into the 8th inning when Bill Bradley touched off a clutch grand slam to double the Hero lead. Arky Vaughan doubled and homered scoring three times while driving in two. Lenny Dykstra also provided 3 hits in the leadoff slot. Bert Blyleven earned his third postseason win in a solid outing.
Clockwork 10 Hoboken 4
|The Clockwork offense remained red hot scoring 9 runs; led by two-run blasts by George Foster and Davey Lopes. Cy Young winner, Christy Mathewson, was brilliant holding the Zephyrs to just one earned run on three hits. Mathewson also chipped in two RBIs while earning his fourth playoff win.
Clockwork 9 Hoboken 1The Clockwork offense dominated Hoboken’s top two pitchers scoring 19 runs in Games 4 & 5. The Hoboken club is
|Clockwork bats woke up in games 4 and 5 in Hoboken as Clockwork was up 3 games to 2 heading home. Hoboken sent Seaver and Clockwork big three are tired so Uhle got the call he’s an 18 and threw a no-hitter this year, so Hero depth came up in the NL LCS.
Seaver did not have his best stuff as Clockwork bats got 8 hits and 4 runs off the Hall of Famer in 6 innings including an Arky Vaughn homer, Terry drove in 2 as well. Lopes hit a homer off Derringer and Clockwork scored 6 runs. On the other side yikes. Uhle had a no-hitter into the 8th, Duncan broke it up. In the 9th Yost walked and health double him in by Tekulve got Spence as Clockwork won 6-1
|Clockwork bats were better than Hoboken and they came through in games 4, 5 and 6. Hero fans will be hoping the bats stay hot in the world series. Joels Zephyrs had a great year and that starting pitching was amazing. Heath was their best hitter at .298 in the playoffs but it wasn’t enough.
Series MVP Matheson 2-0 with 1 run in 17 innings for Clockwork,